Don’t leave your equipment out in the cold

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Be aware of battery storage is the advice as winter approaches.

Some batteries can perform differently if stored in cold temperatures and therefore crews are being asked to pay special attention to the batteries in medical devices as they can be affected by temperature.

AED iPad batteries are particularly susceptible during the winter months. If you are using the AED iPad SP1, we advise you to store the device appropriately (i.e. not in a cold temperature), and to check the battery display and that it is charged at the start of your shift.

 Operating temperatures for common items are:

  • Laerdal suction unit:  0 – 40 degrees Celsius
  • Mangar:  5 – 35 degrees Celsius
  • AED Pro:  0 – 50 degrees Celsius
  • iPAD:  0 – 43 degrees Celsius
  • Lucas:  0 – 40 degrees Celsius.

If you spot any problems with battery failure, please DATIX ensuring the asset or serial number is provided, faulty tag the item, place in quarantine on station and alert clinical engineering at Barton Mills. 

For further information on handling faulty medical devices, click here to see the medical devices SOP.

Published 14th September, 2017

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